If you think the worst Murdoch's done is to discreetly bribe a few police and politicians, you haven't seen Fox News or his incarnation of The Wall Street Journal.
8 posts • joined 1 Dec 2009
At one time, reverse engineering was a proud and sensible tradition in the US, but starting in the 1980s, Japanese giants began suing small companies for the practice, not winning in court but driving little 1 or 2 man firms out of business.
Shutting down reverse engineering stifles competition and open standards. If this trend continues, small independent companies won't be able to make radiator caps.
Years ago, I opened up a Mac owned by a ship's master to upgrade memory and hard drives including a non-functional Zip drive. The inside of the machine was a tawny brown and the stickiest stuff I've ever handled. The captain was a smoker and apparently a heavy smoker. We tried several cleaning solutions without much luck. We concluded the Zip drive was fouled by the same sticky substance.
That machine would have made a great object lesson for anyone who smoked. After that experience, I wouldn't honor warranties contaminated in smoke environments.
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